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SubjectRe: Revenge of the sysfs maintainer! (was Re: [PATCH 8 of 20] ipath - sysfs support for core driver)
On Fri, 2006-03-10 at 08:57 +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-03-09 at 20:58 -0800, Bryan O'Sullivan wrote:
> > On Thu, 2006-03-09 at 17:00 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> >
> > > They are in the latest -mm tree if you wish to use them. Unfortunatly
> > > it might look like they will not work out, due to the per-cpu relay
> > > files not working properly with Paul's patches at the moment.
> >
> > Hmm, OK.
> >
> > > What's wrong with debugfs?
> >
> > It's not configured into the kernels of either of the distros I use (Red
> > Hat or SUSE). I can't have a required part of my driver depend on a
> > feature that's not enabled in the major distro kernels.
> sucks to be you, however I think it's equally or even more unacceptable
> to cripple the main kernel because you want to also support antique
> kernels (those more than 12 months old).

What antique kernels? It's not enabled in the latest SLES beta
(2.6.16-git6 or so), or in Fedora rawhide (also 2.6.16-git).

They mightn't be exactly today's kernels, but they're no more than two
or three weeks old. CONFIG_DEBUG_FS has been in the kernel for a long
time, and it's still not being picked up.

> The general rule is "if you
> want to support that, do it outside the tree".

Which "that" are you referring to?


Bryan O'Sullivan <>

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